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Health Talk: Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy

Are you fond of drinking liquor or alcoholic beverages? Do you feel like it would help you relax and solve problems?

What Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy Is

Alcoholic cardiomyopathy is a type of heart condition caused by abuse of alcohol, most especially when it is long term as it weakens and causes the heart muscle to become thin, resulting to failure of the muscle to pump blood and depriving the body tissues of oxygen. This could also lead to other health problems or death. Alcohol cardiomyopathy is a form of a heart muscle disorder called dilated cardiomyopathy.

This type of heart disease affects both men between 35 and 50 years of age and women who have typically smaller body sizes and drink less alcohol.

Causes

Alcohol abuse can possibly affect many internal organs, most especially the heart, by causing physical and chemical change in one’s body. There are several ways in which alcohol abuse can affect or damage one’s heart, such that the damaged heart muscle fails to pump enough blood which then causes the heart to enlarge in order for it to hold extra blood.

Abuse of alcohol can also cause the blood pressure to increase and further stress the heart and blood vessels , causing further damage to the heart muscle , valves as well as the blood vessel itself due to overwork.

Symptoms

A person with this type of heart condition is likely to experience symptoms like a rapid and irregular heartbeat, swelling of legs, an enlarged liver, cough (producing a  frothy, pink mucus), rapid and irregular pulse, fatigue, weakness, dizziness and fainting. Worse, alcoholic cardiomyopathy could result to congestive heart failure and death.

Diagnosis

A person with alcoholic cardiomyopathy may be asymptomatic at the first place or would not even experience the symptoms until the disease gets critical. During physical examination, a patient’s pulse and blood pressure are being checked first before listening to his or her lungs and heart.

Signs of congestive heart failure that can be detected by a doctor during examination are swelling of the vein in the neck, swelling of legs, ankle and feet, enlarged heart, sounds of congestion in the heart and lungs and sounds of heart murmur due to valve damage.

Though lab tests may not be that useful when it comes to diagnosing this type of heart disease, they can help check or look out for damages in a patient’s other body system and organs and these tests involve liver function, cholesterol level and blood chemistry.

Diagnostic imaging tests such as echocardiogram, ECG, chest x-rays, and catheterization are also being done to examine a patient’s heart and lungs.

Treatment

This condition may be partially reversible if the condition is being treated properly and when the patient completely abstains from alcohol use, giving room for recovery. This depends on how long the patient has been using alcohol and how much is being consumed. However, if the heart is already damaged, the prognosis for complete recovery is poor.

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Food Review: The Bunny Baker Cafe & Cake Studio

Want to try something cute and yummy at the same time? Then it’s time to hit The Bunny Baker Café for yummy desserts that are of different flavors, especially the cupcakes and ice cream which is served with bunny ears topped on it. Visitors can chill out here and have a sip of coffee as they take a break from their work or school stuff. What’s interesting with this café is that guests can have a customized design of their latte.

Aside from desserts, this café also serves succulent dishes like soups, salads, all-day breakfast, starters, and many more. Sure the dishes they serve may be a bit too pricey, but it’s definitely worth a try. It would be best if you drag your family or friends along whenever you visit this café.

With regards to the design and environment of the studio, I could say that the color of the walls fit the theme of the café and it’s warm and inviting as well for the guests, not to mention the chairs and tables which complements the setting . You could even see some displays of their cake sample.

Here are some photos that I took during my visit at this cafe:

The Bunny Baker Café & Cake Studio is located at Hemady Square, 1193 E. Rodriguez Avenue Cor. Doña Hemady Street, New Manila Quezon City. It’s really a cool place to hang out with your buddies or even colleagues.

So, what are you waiting for? Get those taste buds craving for sweets and one-of-a-kind desserts.

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Bizu

This company or restaurant derived its name from the French word ‘bisous’ which means “kiss” or as what the Filipinos call it ‘beso-beso’  as they consider this to be one of their most endearing qualities and a way of showing gratitude, affection, happiness, excitement and love.

Aside from the inspiration, the story behind this company started with a dream of building a genuine patisserie serving a mixture of French pastries and European breads that can be served here in Philippines. Bizu is not just any other shop that people may think of it. They attend to every customers as a patisserie, a catering studio and as a bistro & café.

Bizu opens its branches here in Philippines at different locations such as Greenhills Shopping Center (Promenade), Robinsons’ Magnolia , Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 2 and Alabang Town Center. Included in their menu are all day breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner items, not to mention the pastries and Macaron de Paris, which this shop is known for.

*During my visit to Bizu Catering Studio (Makati) together with my mom, sister and cousins  for food tasting, we tried a number of dishes from every course. Some of them are  Pass Around Canapes (Truffle and Porcini Duxelle, Smoked Salmon and Caviar, Snapper with Rosemary and Bacon Skewer, Grilled Enoki Wrapped in Beef Tenderloin, Chorizo and Saffron Risotto Balls & Roast Beef, Stilton and Onion Relish Bruschetta) , Soup (Zucchini and Pistou Soup, Roasted Tomato and Pistou Soup, & Roasted Garlic, Potato and Leek Soup) ,  Pasta (Truffle Conchiglie, Wild Mushroom and Truffle Risotto & Spinach Lumaconi), etc.

Here are just some few photos of the dishes that we tried :

The way they presented their dishes are nice and I love it .